I love this little project so much! It is another project I created for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth at CHA Summer. I love how the elements came together to create such a pretty little display piece and I love that it features my all time most favorite photo of Emma.
The base of the pieces is a wooden wall plaque. I found these plaques in the Target Dollar Spot a couple of years ago. They had printed images of jungle animals on them. At only $1 each I grabbed quite a few knowing they would be great bases for projects. (In place of a wooden plaque, you could substitute a small stretched canvas.)
To cover the plaque, I first applied adhesive sheets to the back side of a piece of patterned paper from the Holidays Past Paper Stash. I placed my plaque face down onto the adhesive on the back of the patterned paper. After wrapping the paper around to the sides of the plaque, I trimmed away the excess with a craft knife. After trimming, I sanded all of the edges and inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I dyed Crinkle Ribbon with Brushed Silver and Broken China Distress Stains. I combined it with brown and white Paper String and wrapped it around the wooden plaque tying it off in a bow off center to the left.
Above the ribbon, I added two stacked layers of Grungeboard, each covered with patterned paper and adhered with adhesive foam squares to add extra dimension. I added metal Corners to the bottom layer. On the top of the top layer I adhered my photo.
I used Paper String wrapped around the top Grungeboard to tie an Ornate Plate over the photo. After tying the Paper String in a knot, I unraveled the ends to add extra dimension.
I filled the Ornate Plate with a piece of Grungepaper covered with patterned paper. I placed a Chit Chat sticker inside the center and added Tiny Attacher staples to each end.
On the side of the Ornate Plate, I added Festive Foliage pieces that I colorized using embossing powder. To learn the technique I use to colorize metal embellishments, check out this tutorial: http://tammytutterow.typepad.com/tammy_tutterow/2012/01/tuesday-tutorial-enameled-idea-ology.html.
Below the photo I added Alpha Tiles to spell out the word Believe. The sweet photo just says "Believe" in the magic of Christmas so I was so glad that it fit so perfectly. (You can read the story of the photo here: http://tammytutterow.typepad.com/tammy_tutterow/2010/12/be-flabbergasted.html). I sanded the edges of each tile before adhering it to the plaque.
This finished project makes me smile so much that I think I may leave it out year round. I think it turned out as a lovely way to display such a special memory.